Reviews

Mahler Symphony No 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) with the Orchestra of Opera North

Leeds International Concert Season at Leeds Town Hall, June 2016

“And, best of all, David Hill fully justified his reputation as a fine choral conductor by obtaining immaculate singing from the Leeds Festival Chorus, the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the Bradford Catholic Youth Choir.”

Ron Simpson, thereviewshub.com

Prom 48: Late-night Bach / Academy of Ancient Music, BBC Singers and Soloists

Royal Albert Hall, 21 August 2015

“The BBC Singers, directed by David Hill, were impeccable.”

Alexandra Coghlan, Artsdesk ****

 

London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Duruflé, Debussy and Fauré

1 March 2015, The Barbican

“Duruflé’s Requiem is at once an acquired taste and difficult for its performers. Steady rhythms are offset with continuous metrical irregularity. It can easily sound forced, though Hill allowed it to evolve naturally and with great ritual solemnity. The choral singing was first rate and wonderfully majestic.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian****

 

Prom 37: Steve Reich – It’s Gonna Rain, The Desert Music / BBC Singers & Endymion

13 August 2014

“It is Hill who deserves the highest praise; his direction communicated the vitality and fragility at the heart of the piece – a thrilling sense of life on the edge.”

Laura Battle, Financial Times****

 

Herbert Howells: Stabat Mater

(Naxos: 8573176)

“David Hill gets into the very soul of the music and extracts an intensely gripping interpretation […] Conductor, chorus and orchestra are completely at one, which makes this CD memorable.”

Shirley Ratcliffe, Choir & Organ*****

 

Herbert Howells: Stabat Mater

(Naxos: 8573176)

“The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under David Hill’s brilliant direction, execute Howell’s numinous Stabat mater … with fluency and insight.”

Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone Editor’s Choice